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Match preview: Rotherham United (H)

31 January 2017

Nottingham Forest welcome Rotherham United to The City Ground in the Sky Bet Championship on Tuesday 31 January (kick-off 7.45pm).


Nottingham Forest come into the match on the back of a 2-0 defeat against Leeds, but it was a spirited performance that provided a lot of positives to build on for tonight's match against Rotherham. The Reds have put in two committed displays in interim manager Gary Brazil's two games in charge and he will be hoping for more of the same against the league's bottom side.

Rotherham have won of the last six and will be desperate for three points to keep their hopes of survival alive. A difficult season has seen them change managers three times, with current interim manager Paul Warne trying to steer the ship.

Matt Mills will be unavailable after suffering a groin injury against Bristol City, while there will be a late test for Jack Hobbs after he came off injured against Leeds. Danny Fox came through his first appearance since November in the defeat at Elland Road and is likely to feature at centre back again tonight.

New signing Aaron Tshibola is set to be included in the matchday squad for the first time while Rotherham have some new faces in the mix as well.

Centre back Semi Ajayi signed on loan from Cardiff and left back Ben Purrington joined from Plymouth for an undisclosed fee this week and both will be keen to be involved. Former Reds keeper Lee Camp will be missing as he has been ruled out for the season.


Nottingham Forest

Huddersfield (A) - Lost 2-1
Newcastle (A) - Lost 3-1
Barnsley (H) - Lost 1-0
Wigan (A - FA Cup) - Lost 2-0
Birmingham (A) - Drew 0-0
Bristol City (H) - Won 1-0

Rotherham United

Burton (H) - Lost 2-1
Leeds (A) - Lost 3-0
Oxford (H - FA Cup) - Lost 3-2
Norwich (H) - Won 2-1
Newcastle (A) - Lost 4-0
Barnsley (H) - Lost 1-0


Danny Ward

Danny Ward is The Millers' biggest goal threat with 10 strikes to his name so far this season. The versatile forward signed for Rotherham from Huddersfield Town in January 2015. after beginning his career at Bolton Wanderers. The 25-year-old spent time on loan at Swindon and Coventry before signing for The Terriers in 2011. 

Ward’s all-action style endeared him to the Rotherham faithful and key goals helped them to maintain their Championship status in 2014-15 and 2015-16 and he has proved to be the main marksman this time round as Rotherham fight to stay up.

Rotherham United interim manager Paul Warne felt his side fell just short in the defeat against Barnsley on the weekend. Speaking after the game he said: "I thought one bit of class would be the difference but unfortunately it wasn't my team who had it today. We started the game really well but didn't have enough guile to cut them open.

"There's no point berating the lads as we need to go again Tuesday night. We'll do all we can to bandage them up and pick them up for another game. We did everything right to pick up at least a point against Barnsley but lady luck isn't shining down on me at the moment."

Tickets are on general sale and are priced as follows:

General sale
 
Adults: £26
Seniors: £19
Under 18s: £12
Under 12s: £6
 
Family Area
 
Adults: £21
Seniors: £16
Under 18s: £10
Under 12s: £5

Tickets can be purchased in-person at the ticket office, online at tickets.nottinghamforest.co.uk or by calling 0115 982 4388.

Live audio commentary of the game will be available on Forest Player HD from 7pm while there will also be live text commentary available on the Forest Wall and on the club's Twitter page from 7.30pm. Forest Player HD will also have extended match highlights from 12pm on Wednesday, as well as all the reaction from the Forest camp after the game.

To win:

Nottingham Forest - 4/5
Rotherham United - 16/5
Draw - 14/5

To score first:

Britt Assombalonga - 7/2
Jamie Ward - 5/1
Danny Ward - 11/2
Jerry Yates - 15/2

Fixtures to be played at 7.45pm on Tuesday unless otherwise stated.

Barnsley v Wolves
Birmingham v Reading
Brentford v Aston Villa
Bristol City v Sheffield Wednesday
Cardiff v Preston
Ipswich v Derby
Blackburn v Leeds (Wednesday)
Burton v Fulham (Wednesday)
Newcastle v QPR (Wednesday)
Huddersfield v Brighton (Thursday)

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